Snuff, spinning and spiritual houses

Harold Hoggarth

North West
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
community Group Speaker
Paid: I ask for £1.00 per-person attending with a min fee of £30.00 max £50.00 plus travel.
18th January 2019
Family History | History Of Spinning | History Of Snuff

This 50 - 60 minute fully illustrated talk is about some of the things I have discovered and some of the experiences I have had while researching my family history. I had always known that my paternal grandmother was born in the small hamlet of Mealbank but it wasn't until i started researching my family history that I discovered there had been a snuff factory there in 19th century which eventually moved to Kendal and became Gawith Hoggarth Co Ltd. On my mothere's side there are connections to cotton spinning. Discovering these things can sometimes make you laugh, sometimes make you cry and sometimes make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. (N.B. This is not a lesson on how to research your family history but may make you consider starting your own research.)

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About Harold Hoggarth

My name is Harold Hoggarth I was born in Nelson Lancashire during the second world war. I now live in Barnoldswick on the Lancashire / Yorkshire Border. Although I am based in Lancashire I am also happy to visit groups in North and West Yorkshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and North Cheshire in fact anywhere anyone wishes to book me. Please remember that travel cost will be added to my fee.

For over 12 years I have been delivering talks to various church and community groups; although I have been speaking in public for well over 50 years. I have a repertoire of well over 40 talks covering such topics as General and Local History, Family History, Church History, Personal History, Biographical Talks, Nostalgic Talks, Bible based talks and After Dinner Entertainment. (N.B. some talks are more suited to ladies groups some to men's groups all are suitable for mixed groups.) If you left click on the titles below you will be able to see brief details of each talk or you can see more on my website at

My Fees: I try to keep my fees affordable and ask for £1.00 for each person attending with a minimum fee of £30.00 and Maximum of £60.00 this includes travel up to 10 mile from my home over 10 mile please add 50 pence per mile. The money I raise from my talks after my expenses helps towards the work I do in Romania with Families and Children. Although some of the talks support particular charities such as RNLI and Bible Societies work with Refugees in Europe.

I have a wide range of interests from local history to music, theatre and puppetry, to ornithology and geology, over the past years genealogy has become an increasing interest. I love reading and writing.

I am a volunteer at the Rainhall Centre in Barnoldswick, helping to run live performance events. Past chair and founder of West Craven Family History Society and committee member and speaker secretary for the Barnoldswick Local History Society. I have recently stood down as a director of Skipton (bi-annual) International Puppet Festival,

I am a Bible Believing Christian and have for many years been in Christian ministry along side secular work much of it on part time basis. I preach regularly in churches over a wide area of Northern England as well as in Eastern Europe. I have served for over 10 years as a regional representative and speaker for Bible Society (formally British and Foreign Bible Society) although I have connections with Bible Society going back to the early 1970's. For many years I have worked with three churches in Romania, training church leaders and children's workers. I have written a number of easy to read Bible study books. You can find out more about my Christian ministry and other aspects of my life such as my life in the entertainment industry or as a Punch and Judy Professor, by logging on to my full website at

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